Contributing to a sustainable society through research oriented towards “problem-solving” based on the concept of developing manufacturing methods with reduced environmental impact
Director, CSRS: Kazuo Shinozaki
Since its establishment in 2013, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) has been a leader in creating a sustainable society through transdisciplinary integration of plant science, chemical biology, and catalytic chemistry. The growing risk from climate change and energy issues, however, calls for research oriented towards “problem-solving” that contributes, more than ever before, to sustainable growth and that addresses global issues.Using as guides the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 and the agreement of the COP21 on achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions, CSRS has set up five flagship projects. Each of these projects aims to further advance basic research in the efficient creation, exploration, and use of beneficial substances from natural resources, sustainable food production, and bioproduction that CSRS has been undertaking in the past. In addition, the projects will move beyond the boundaries of research fields and develop manufacturing methods with less impact on the environment. In particular, advances made in recent years in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science can bring about a significant step forward. While actively nurturing the next-generation of scientists with a strong background in information science, CSRS will lead in creating a future world where people can live healthy and prosperous lives.